QB Tom Brady (New England)
Tom Brady threw for 5235 yards last year on the strength of 611 passing attempts, but he’s only twice gone over 580 attempts in a season and the Patriots should have a better defense next year. I also think his 8.5 YPA from last year is unsustainable as he’s only gone over 8 twice in his career. The other time he did that was 2007, when Josh McDaniels was his offensive coordinator.
McDaniels is back, but Brady is also aging, turning 35 in August. He had noticeably diminished arm strength in 2011 and completed just 16 passes that went further than 20 yards in the air. He has a strong receiving corps, but I like Brees and Stafford a little bit more because of how much their offenses pass. They won’t have to average more than 8 YPA to approach 5000 yards.
Projection: 4700 passing yards, 37 passing touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 50 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown (321 pts standard/395 pts in 6 pt TD leagues)
RB Stevan Ridley (New England)
It’s always tough t...